Now, when the vast multitude of the clergy, secular and regular, of all degrees, were prohibited from marriage, that preservative allowed them by that infinite Wisdom who created them, and that all classes of people must come to these private confessions, and so frequently too, and open up their (even indecent) secrets, as above: and when the well-fed pastor is celibate, and when he can lay on penance, and when he can loose and absolve from the guilt confessed, what on earth, I ask,--I appeal to every breast--can be conceived more calculated to produce general pollution, and fill the world with fornications and adulteries on every hand?
Ouseley, Gideon, Old Christianity Against Papal Novelties, Philadelphia: Sorin and Ball, 1844, p. 322.
This doctrine doth not forbid all marriage: and yet this I may truly say,--that Popish writers speak so disgracefully and contemptuously of marriage in their argumentations against the marriage of some, that if all were true which they affirm, it would be unlawful for any, as they hope for salvation, to link themselves in the bonds of matrimony.
Vincent, Thomas, "The Popish Doctrine, Which Forbiddeth to Marry, is a Devilish and Wicked Doctrine", a Sermon
in James Nichols, ed. & tr., The Morning Exercises at Cripplegate, St. Giles in the Fields, and in Southwark, 6 vols., 5th ed., London: Thomas Tegg, 1845, vol. 6, p. 340.
Cum propter crimen concubinatus, quo multi ecclesiastici et religiosi viri inficiuntur, habeantur Ecclesia Dei et totus clerus in derisum, abominationem et opprobrium cunctis gentibus: et illud nefandiffimum scelus in Ecclesia Dei adeo invaluit, ut iam non credant Christiani simplicem fornicationem esse peccatum mortale; ...
Council of Paris 1429, canon 23
in Joannes Dominicus Mansi, Sacrorum Conciliorum Nova, et Amplissima Collectio, Venetiis: Antonium Zatta, 1785, vol. 28, col. 1107.
In the preamble to a canon designed to reform the existing state of things they say,--
"On account of the crime of concubinage, with which multitudes of the clergy and monks are infected, the church of God and the whole clergy are held in derision, abomination, and dishonor among all nations; and that abominable crime has so prevailed in the house of God that Christians do not now consider mere fornication a mortal sin."--Council of Paris 1429, c. xxiii. ; Mansi, xxviii. p. 1107.
Beecher, Edward, The Papal Conspiracy Exposed, Boston: Stearns & Co., 1855, p. 166.
Erasmus says, that a Doctor of Theology had related to him, that he had heard a priest, a director of a convent of nuns, boasting that he had seduced two hundred virgins, and that this Doctor justified his own bad conduct by his example. [Erasmi Exomolog. p. 154.]
The Journal of Sacred Literature, ed. John Kitto, new ser., vol. 3 (1853), p. 417.